When I first started feeling the urge to create abstract images a few years ago using Nature as the palette, it was amazing how quickly I was able to tune-in to seeing those opportunities — patterns of various species’ tree bark, colours of tree bark after the rain, the veins in a leaf, the construction of a leaf’s shape and colour, Autumn’s magic in leaves that were dying, and so on. I was lucky that I had my D80 and 28-105mm zoom lens that has macro settings from 50mm onwards. Once I got in really close, I became more enthused by what I saw, captured really. This long preamble brings me to today’s image — the first abstract I ‘saw’. A large green leaf, very glossy, but I loved the scalloped edges and the innate curves that were the veins within that leaf. I took this photo at the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory, which provides plant displays which change every two months. Today, I can see it is a very simple composition, yet I still like it. This b+w effect is a close crop of the original, which I will show later when I’ve uploaded the coloured and artified version.